Mastershooter Collectibles: MS-01 MEGA-GUN Video Review

Mastershooter Collectibles: MS-01 MEGA-GUN Video Review

Thursday, May 5th, 2011 7:54am CDT

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YouTube reviewer extraordinaire peaugh has uploaded a video of Mastershooter Collectibles: MS-01 MEGA-GUN. This third party item is an exclusive to online retailer Captured Prey. The review is embedded below.

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Re: Mastershooter Collectibles: MS-01 MEGA-GUN Video Review (1217527)
Posted by juxtapose519 on May 5th, 2011 @ 9:09am CDT
It's neat, but I wouldn't call it $18 neat. Then again, it might just be cause I'm cheap and broke.

It's a little big for my preference too. If it was two thirds the size and $10-12, I'd be all over it.
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Posted by Sidecutter on May 5th, 2011 @ 9:23am CDT
juxtapose519 wrote:It's neat, but I wouldn't call it $18 neat. Then again, it might just be cause I'm cheap and broke.

It's a little big for my preference too. If it was two thirds the size and $10-12, I'd be all over it.


Unfortunately, if it was 2/3 the size, it wouldn't be able to have much articulation at all! It also wouldn't fit in perfectly alongside a lineup of original Targetmasters (or the newer Universe 2.0 Nightstick that came with Cyclonus).
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Posted by Varia31 on May 5th, 2011 @ 9:59am CDT
Aww, Megs is so cute as he violently blasts Autobots into shrapnel! ^^ lol Anyway, neat little Megatron here. :) And that adapter piece that goes on Screamer's wing? Come on, I mean, this set was so OBVIOUSLY made for the glory of Starscream! :twisted:

And Megatron... :-$
Re: Mastershooter Collectibles: MS-01 MEGA-GUN Video Review (1217582)
Posted by Doctor McGrath on May 5th, 2011 @ 11:26am CDT
Sidecutter wrote:
juxtapose519 wrote:It's neat, but I wouldn't call it $18 neat. Then again, it might just be cause I'm cheap and broke.

It's a little big for my preference too. If it was two thirds the size and $10-12, I'd be all over it.


Unfortunately, if it was 2/3 the size, it wouldn't be able to have much articulation at all! It also wouldn't fit in perfectly alongside a lineup of original Targetmasters (or the newer Universe 2.0 Nightstick that came with Cyclonus).


Headrobots Hothead figure is 2/3 the size of this and it has better articulation. Granted, they may be working with a bigger budget.

Anyway, I'm going to pass on this little guy. Miniature Megatrons just don't appeal to me.
Re: Mastershooter Collectibles: MS-01 MEGA-GUN Video Review (1217589)
Posted by gothsaurus on May 5th, 2011 @ 11:58am CDT
Yeah, I'm in agreement that these are about 1/3 too large... same with the Target-roids. Legends size is too big for a Targetmaster.

The FansProject and Junkion Blacksmith partners have been sized nicely, though.

Still, not saying I won't buy it. I like the double-mounted guns under Starscream... and the head/waist/arm cannon sculpt are nice.
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Posted by --B-- on May 5th, 2011 @ 12:47pm CDT
rpetras wrote:OK, I threw in for them.

I like target masters, and I like mini-megatrons.



You have been hanging out with Razorclaw0000 too much.
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Posted by Sidecutter on May 5th, 2011 @ 1:10pm CDT
amcgrath929 wrote:Headrobots Hothead figure is 2/3 the size of this and it has better articulation. Granted, they may be working with a bigger budget.

Anyway, I'm going to pass on this little guy. Miniature Megatrons just don't appeal to me.


gothsaurus wrote:Yeah, I'm in agreement that these are about 1/3 too large... same with the Target-roids. Legends size is too big for a Targetmaster.

The FansProject and Junkion Blacksmith partners have been sized nicely, though.

Still, not saying I won't buy it. I like the double-mounted guns under Starscream... and the head/waist/arm cannon sculpt are nice.


Just to clarify, because it seems the size is being misjudged here somehow, these aren't Legends size at all, these are exactly the same size as G1 Targetmasters in robot mode, and match up to some of the longer Targetmasters in gun mode, like the one that came with Crosshairs. You can see some shots I took a little over a week ago, including a Targetmasters group shot, on the Captured Prey Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/capturedprey). You can stand him right next to Universe 2.0 Cyclonus' partner, Nightstick, or right alongside Sidearm, and he'll fit right in.

If this was 2/3 the size, it would be the size of a Mini-Targetmaster from G1, VERY small.
Re: Mastershooter Collectibles: MS-01 MEGA-GUN Video Review (1217627)
Posted by Razorclaw0000 on May 5th, 2011 @ 1:13pm CDT
--B-- wrote:
rpetras wrote:OK, I threw in for them.

I like target masters, and I like mini-megatrons.



You have been hanging out with Razorclaw0000 too much.


:-D
Re: Mastershooter Collectibles: MS-01 MEGA-GUN Video Review (1217684)
Posted by krenger99 on May 5th, 2011 @ 3:10pm CDT
It's pretty cool and makes for nice reenactment display scenes, but... $18.-? Really? Not a chance. It's getting old really quick, third party vendors charging obscene prices for tiny transformers. I grew up with G1 and I have a huge collection from then till now, but don't take advantage of my addiction, please. It's 2011. You should be able to get more in a product for less. :BANG_HEAD:

By the way, I'm staring at you, Perfect Effect. :-x
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Posted by Sidecutter on May 5th, 2011 @ 3:50pm CDT
krenger99 wrote:It's pretty cool and makes for nice reenactment display scenes, but... $18.-? Really? Not a chance. It's getting old really quick, third party vendors charging obscene prices for tiny transformers. I grew up with G1 and I have a huge collection from then till now, but don't take advantage of my addiction, please. It's 2011. You should be able to get more in a product for less. :BANG_HEAD:

By the way, I'm staring at you, Perfect Effect. :-x


I can't speak for any other company's costs and profit margins, but I know what these are costing MasterShooter to make and package (since I've been in the loop on these from before they were even going to happen for sure as anything more than rapid-printed prototypes for a small number of people), and I know my own margin on these, and I can tell you outright, NO ONE involved is making gobloads of money of these. Not by a long, loooong shot. You might not agree with the price, but I don't think it's fair to call it "obscene" when you don't know what the costs are compared to the price being asked. I think you would be surprised how much it actually costs to produce something like this.

Another consideration is that this is a fairly small run of a thousand total pieces. Based on the interest, future MasterShooter items would hopefully have a higher production run, and therefore, a lower cost. Mold reuses would also have a lower cost if one was justified, since the initial run would cover the mold costs.
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Posted by NTESHFT on May 5th, 2011 @ 4:35pm CDT
Pass on these... not digging the characterization they used.........
Re: Mastershooter Collectibles: MS-01 MEGA-GUN Video Review (1217726)
Posted by Doctor McGrath on May 5th, 2011 @ 4:59pm CDT
Sidecutter wrote:
amcgrath929 wrote:Headrobots Hothead figure is 2/3 the size of this and it has better articulation. Granted, they may be working with a bigger budget.

Anyway, I'm going to pass on this little guy. Miniature Megatrons just don't appeal to me.



Just to clarify, because it seems the size is being misjudged here somehow, these aren't Legends size at all, these are exactly the same size as G1 Targetmasters in robot mode, and match up to some of the longer Targetmasters in gun mode, like the one that came with Crosshairs. You can see some shots I took a little over a week ago, including a Targetmasters group shot, on the Captured Prey Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/capturedprey). You can stand him right next to Universe 2.0 Cyclonus' partner, Nightstick, or right alongside Sidearm, and he'll fit right in.

If this was 2/3 the size, it would be the size of a Mini-Targetmaster from G1, VERY small.



Speaking for myself, I can see he'd be the same size as Nightstick. But, in gun mode he looks less proportionate with Starscream than Cyclonus with Nightstick IMO. It works, but could be smaller regardless of the size of "normal" targetmasters. In my earlier post, I was just clarifying that he could be easily be 2/3 the size and still be articulated. Either way though, solid looking Targetmaster. I'm just ready for Targetmasters that aren't miniature versions of existing characters.
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Posted by Sidecutter on May 5th, 2011 @ 5:07pm CDT
amcgrath929 wrote:Speaking for myself, I can see he'd be the same size as Nightstick. But, in gun mode he looks less proportionate with Starscream than Cyclonus with Nightstick IMO. It works, but could be smaller regardless of the size of "normal" targetmasters. In my earlier post, I was just clarifying that he could be easily be 2/3 the size and still be articulated. Either way though, solid looking Targetmaster. I'm just ready for Targetmasters that aren't miniature versions of existing characters.


Fair enough, it was your choice of comparison that threw me off I think. I might be remembering off a bit, but I'm pretty sure a G1 Headmaster is about the same size as this, incluidng HotHead. But, to better respond to your original comment, he COULD have, say, knees even as is. However, one of the considerations of the creator was to have a weapon mode that was solid and stable, where everything fit securely and obviously into the proper position and stayed there well with handling, unlike certain other third-party weapon modes (actually, those make for good counter-illustrations now, but none of them were even announced when the first rapid prototypes of this design were made).
Re: Mastershooter Collectibles: MS-01 MEGA-GUN Video Review (1217735)
Posted by Doctor McGrath on May 5th, 2011 @ 5:15pm CDT
Sidecutter wrote:
amcgrath929 wrote:Speaking for myself, I can see he'd be the same size as Nightstick. But, in gun mode he looks less proportionate with Starscream than Cyclonus with Nightstick IMO. It works, but could be smaller regardless of the size of "normal" targetmasters. In my earlier post, I was just clarifying that he could be easily be 2/3 the size and still be articulated. Either way though, solid looking Targetmaster. I'm just ready for Targetmasters that aren't miniature versions of existing characters.


Fair enough, it was your choice of comparison that threw me off I think. I might be remembering off a bit, but I'm pretty sure a G1 Headmaster is about the same size as this, incluidng HotHead. But, to better respond to your original comment, he COULD have, say, knees even as is. However, one of the considerations of the creator was to have a weapon mode that was solid and stable, where everything fit securely and obviously into the proper position and stayed there well with handling, unlike certain other third-party weapon modes (actually, those make for good counter-illustrations now, but none of them were even announced when the first rapid prototypes of this design were made).


I don't have the G1 Hardhead. I'm comparing this to the HeadRobots version. He comes up to Nightsticks elbows. He looks to have nailed the solidity he was looking for though. I just think this mini megs would look better with a voyager figure.
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Posted by Sidecutter on May 5th, 2011 @ 5:19pm CDT
amcgrath929 wrote:I don't have the G1 Hardhead. I'm comparing this to the HeadRobots version. He comes up to Nightsticks elbows. He looks to have nailed the solidity he was looking for though. I just think this mini megs would look better with a voyager figure.


Well, they're the same size, give or take a bit (any difference is not worth mentioning), so that would be a fair indicator then. :D

And he does look absolutely perfect with Voyager figures. Several of the pics on the CP facebook page show this, or even larger figures, in fact.
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Posted by Doctor McGrath on May 5th, 2011 @ 5:21pm CDT
Sidecutter wrote:
amcgrath929 wrote:I don't have the G1 Hardhead. I'm comparing this to the HeadRobots version. He comes up to Nightsticks elbows. He looks to have nailed the solidity he was looking for though. I just think this mini megs would look better with a voyager figure.


Well, they're the same size, give or take a bit (any difference is not worth mentioning), so that would be a fair indicator then. :D

And he does look absolutely perfect with Voyager figures. Several of the pics on the CP facebook page show this, or even larger figures, in fact.


Well I could easily get on board with that. I don't have a FB so I can't view the pictures but I can imagine he would look quite well with them.
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Posted by Sidecutter on May 5th, 2011 @ 7:54pm CDT
A valid point! For those without Facebook, then...

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Re: Mastershooter Collectibles: MS-01 MEGA-GUN Video Review (1217907)
Posted by krenger99 on May 6th, 2011 @ 12:15am CDT
Sidecutter wrote: I don't think it's fair to call it "obscene" when you don't know what the costs are compared to the price being asked. I think you would be surprised how much it actually costs to produce something like this.


Maybe "obscene" was a bit harsh, and I apologize for any offense. I honestly really like the way they look, especially in a seeker's hand. And I do have an idea on what it costs to make. Injection molding is a ridiculously expensive process all by itself, not counting any detailing and packaging costs. Especially when the molds deteriorate after 4-5 hundred uses. Your profit margin is your business, not mine, which is why I didn't bring it up. I'm sure you all earn every cent for every piece you guys put out. It still doesn't change the fact that it's expensive.
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Posted by Blackstreak on May 7th, 2011 @ 8:51am CDT
El Duque wrote:What I don't understand is why they insist on making existing main characters into Targetmasters instead of just making the original G1 Targetmasters partners. I can kind of understand Megatron, he does after all turn into a gun, but I don't really need a Starscream that turns into a gun.


Shockwave, Galvatron, Six Shot, Quickswitch all make sense too. Well, maybe not the six changers but definitely Shockwave and Galvatron. I never had any interest in these targetmaster versions.
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Posted by Insane Galvatron on May 7th, 2011 @ 9:56pm CDT
amcgrath929 wrote:Headrobots Hothead figure is 2/3 the size of this and it has better articulation. Granted, they may be working with a bigger budget.

Anyway, I'm going to pass on this little guy. Miniature Megatrons just don't appeal to me.


I'm not seeing the difference in articulation. Mega-Gun has elbows, but no knees. Hothead has knees, but no elbows. I also don't think Hothead is only 2/3 his size. Plus you have to account for the fact that Hothead just has to have a face on his back and be able to fold into a box. Mega-Gun has to transform a bit more intricately to look like a Megatron's gun mode. Don't get me wrong. I have Hothead and love him. I just don't see him as being an engineering marvel when compared to Mega-Gun. They seem to be pretty on par with each other. As for him being a miniature Megatron... lets just wait and see what bio they come up with.

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